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Guo Pei, “Evening Gown,” spring/summer 2007 haute couture. Gold lamé embroidered with gold and silver silk, metal, and sequins. Courtesy, Guo Pei. Image © The Metropolitan Museum of Art

Trailblazers embark on a journey to astound when it seems that nothing dramatically new is possible, leading us on a journey of which the final destination is unknowable. What we can know, however, is that their achievements expand our conception of the possible and transform our world. Initiatives in Art and Culture’s 2015 Fashion Conference focuses on those who fearlessly set out to transform that which had been deemed immutable—be it a garment, material, jewel, or method of production—into the new, the truly innovative. Receptions and book-signings complement lectures, panel discussions.

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IAC_brochure_Fashion2015_justcover_printjpg_Page1Speakers include:

  • Andrew Bolton, Curator, The Costume Institute, The Metropolitan Museum of Art
  • Denim icon Adriano Goldschmied
  • Franҫois Girbaud, legendary fashion designer, who with his wife Marithé, brought a new approach to fashion; more popular and industrial, notably with the jean which they rethink and redesign yearly
  • Robin Givhan, Pulitzer Prize winning fashion critic for the Washington Post, and author of the recent The Battle of Versailles
  • Teri Agins, author who has covered fashion for over 30 years; her most recent publication is Hijacking the Runway, How Celebrities are Stealing the Spotlight from Fashion Designers
  • Pat Cleveland, legendary model
  • Nanette Lepore, designer
  • Maria Cornejo, designer
  • Freddie Leiba, fashion authority and style curator
  • Gary A. Wassner, CEO and principal, Hilldun Corporation, known as the company behind some of Seventh Avenue’s most prestigious fashion companies
  • Dennita Sewell, Curator of Fashion Design, Phoenix Art Museum
  • Lauren Indvik, Editor-in-Chief, Fashionista.com
  • Ariel Foxman, Editorial Director, Instyle and StyleWatch
  • Kate Davidson Hudson, Co-founder, Editorialist
  • Alexandra Steigrad, media editor, WWD
  • Sarah L. Scaturro, Head Conservator, The Costume Institute, The Metropolitan Museum of Art
  • Walter T. Wilhelm, Chairman, WWA Advisors LLC, a boutique consulting firm focusing on soft goods
  • Susan J. Ganz, CEO, Lion Brothers
  • Patricia Figueroa, Executive Director, Cámara de la Industria Textil, Confección y Zonas Francas de El Salvador (CAMTEX)
  • Hebe Schecter, President, Fabric Division, Kaltex America
  • Jean Hegedus, Global Business Director – Denim and Wovens, Invista
  • Jeffrey P. Silberman, Professor and Chairperson, Textile Development and Marketing Department, FIT; consultant, International Cotton Advisory Committee Secretariat, and Executive Director, International Forum for Cotton Promotion
  • Emma McClendon, Assistant Curator of Costume, The Museum at FIT and curator of the forthcoming exhibition, “Denim in Fashion”
  • Ariele Elia, Assistant Curator of Costume and Textiles, The Museum at FIT and co-curator “Global Fashion Capitals”
  • Elizabeth Way, curatorial staff member, The Museum at FIT, and co-curator, “Global Fashion Capitals”
  • Igal Kaptsan, VP Product Management, 3DVIA
  • Alyson Walsh, author of the highly acclaimed blog “That’s Not My Age” and and Style Forever: The Grown-Up Guide to Looking Fabulous
  • Peter Hubbell, Founder / CEO BoomAgers and author, The Old Rush: Marketing for Gold in the Age of Aging and the forthcoming Getting Better with Age: Improving the Way Marketers Market in the Age of Aging
  • Despina Papadopoulos, Wearable Technology Director, WWA, founder of Studio 5050 and Principled Design
  • Randy Harward, Vice President of Materials, Under Armour, Inc.
  • Susan S. Szenasy, Publisher/Editor-in-Chief, Metropolis Magazine
  • Bob Bland, CEO and Founder, Manufacture New York and Brooklyn-based community advocate
  • Timo Rissanen, designer committed to zero-waste fashion, Assistant Professor, Design and Sustainability, Parson School of Design and co-author, Shaping Sustainable Fashion
  • Mickey Boardman, Editorial Director, PAPER Magazine
  • Teresa Frye, owner and President, TechForm Advanced Casting Technology and authority on platinum
  • Chi Huynh, founder and creative force behind trailblazing jeweler, Galatea
  • Rio Uribe, designer
  • Gabi Asfour, Creative Director and Founder of fashion/art collective threeASFOUR
  • Susan Chandler, Chief Merchandising Officer, Scott Kay
  • Kathy Grenier, Public Relations/Marketing Director, The Cultured Pearl Association of America
  • Jose Hess, jewelry designer
  • Matt Isaacson, Director of Product Development, Lashbrook
  • Roxanne Lowitt, photographer
  • Mark Messura, Senior Vice President, Global Supply Chain Marketing, Cotton Inc.
  • Bradley Rothenberg, Co-Founer nTopology Inc.
  • Hisano Shepherd, little h designer
  • Jeremy Shepherd, CEO, Pearl Paradise.com
  • Lindsey Unterberger, Executive Digital Editor, Glamour
  • Caitlin Weiskopf, Executive Director, ShopBAZAAR